Lunar Module 9 (LM-9) has “landed” at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Apollo/Saturn V Center. This summer, guests will be able to get a closer look at LM-9, one of only three remaining Lunar Modules designed for mission use. Previously suspended from the ceiling, the relocation of the module is part of an initiative to reimagine the Apollo/Saturn V Center as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex gears up for the 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11.
Originally intended to fly on Apollo 15, LM-9 was replaced with an Extended Lunar Module when the Lunar Rover was added to the mission. In 2017, this American relic was completely refurbished to preserve for generations to come. The careful relocation of the historic artifact took place over several hours to ensure its safety. Visit the following link to view a time-lapse of the move.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary, visitors to the Apollo/Saturn V Center will be met with a host of additions and enhancements as it is reimagined with a renovated “sense of arrival” that includes revamped landscaping, thematic signage and more, setting a new tone for the experience. At the entrance to the Lunar Theater, guests will be transported back to 1969 as they step into a period living room recreation to experience what it was like to watch the Moon landing. Other enhancements include an enriched Touch the Moon exhibit, a Moon Tree garden, Fisher Space Pen legacy display, a closer look at the CSM-119, and more. The Astrovan, which transported astronauts to the launch pad and can be seen in the movie “First Man,” is also on display at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. To stay up to date on Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s plans to commemorate Apollo 11, visit https://kennedyspacecenter.com/.